Since taking office, I have discussed the necessity for a comprehensive plan for downtown. I am happy to share that the City of Akron, in conjunction with Downtown Akron Partnership (DAP), Knight Foundation and GAR Foundation, is unveiling Phase I of the Downtown Vision and Redevelopment Plan.
This first phase of a long range plan for downtown was a result of a partnership between the Mayor’s Administration and DAP. Together a multidisciplinary group of 37 representatives from small and corporate businesses, development, city and county government, health systems, non-profits, finance, education, housing, tourism, real estate and philanthropy was assembled to serve on the steering committee for this project.
Moving into the future, I want a vibrant downtown to radiate outwards and lift up EVERY Akron neighborhood. These efforts will be an economic driver for downtown and our entire City.